Thursday, July 21, 2011
In his Inaugural Professorial Oration titled "Ocean: Opportunities in Exploring the Planet’s Last Frontier", recently appointed UWA Oceans' Institute Director Dr Carlos Duarte has stressed the myriad benefits to be derived from expanding ocean research.
"A mere ten per cent of all named species are aquatic. Given that 70 per cent of the Earth’s surface is water, we’ve barely scratched the surface of discovery. The naming of marine species is growing by 0.9 per cent per year,” said Dr Duarte. “At this rate, we’ll need 200 to 1000 years to get the full inventory of the oceans. This is too slow.”
Dr Duarte takes over from Professor Gary Kendrick who is heavily involved with current UWA research projects at KMRS.